Jaap Stam appointed Feyenoord coach starting in June
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam will take over as coach of Dutch club Feyenoord in June.
The Rotterdam club says Stam will succeed Giovanni van...
Vodka ‘bound for North Korea’ to be destroyed or sold
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch customs officials who discovered thousands of bottles of vodka suspected of being smuggled to North Korea say the illicit cargo will likely be sold at auction...
Wawrinka loses his 1st final since comeback from knee injury
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka's rebuilt knee couldn't quite carry him to the title in Rotterdam on Sunday.
Wawrinka lost his first final since his comeback a year ago from left knee surgeries, succumbing 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to Gael Monfils of France at the ABN AMRO World Tournament.
Wawrinka reaches first final in nearly 2 years in Rotterdam
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka reached his first final on Saturday since his comeback a year ago from left knee surgeries.
The unseeded Wawrinka beat top-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the ABN AMRO World Tournament semifinals to face Gael Monfils for the title on Sunday.
The final is Wawrinka's first since the 2017 French Open, where he last met Monfils in the fourth round.
Netherlands: Man ‘set himself on fire’ at Turkish consulate
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police say that a man has been taken to the hospital after reportedly setting himself on fire in the Turkish consulate in the port city of Rotterdam.
Police spokesman Gijs van Nimwegen says officers were called to the consulate around 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) Monday to deal with reports of a self-immolation.
Van Nimwegen declined to confirm that the man set himself ablaze, saying that police do not give out details about cases of attempted suicide.
Dutch police report city’s 2nd alleged terror plot in 2 days
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have arrested a 24-year-old man in the port city of Rotterdam on suspicion of involvement in a "terrorist crime."
Prosecutors said the man was detained Monday and will be questioned in the coming days. They said officers searched his home and seized data storage devices, but didn't find weapons or explosives.
5 arrested in suspected Dutch terror attack plot
BERLIN (AP) — Dutch and German police on Saturday arrested five people suspected of preparing a terrorist act in the Netherlands.
Dutch police said in a statement that four suspects were detained in Rotterdam and officers searched multiple locations.
The statement said the investigation would continue to determine the nature and scale of the alleged threat. It provided no details.
Probe into authorities’ handling of Dutch shooting suspect
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch authorities have announced an investigation into police and probation officers' handling of a man suspected of fatally shooting his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend in her school's bicycle shed.
The Inspectorate for Justice and Security announced Friday that its probe will run independently of the criminal investigation into the shooting Tuesday of Humeyra Ergincanli at her school in Rotterdam.
Dutch student, 16, shot dead in school’s bicycle shed
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 16-year-old girl was shot dead in front of fellow students in her high school's bicycle shed Tuesday, Dutch police said.
A 31-year-old suspect, police said in a statement, was arrested shortly after the shooting at the school, which was identified by local media as Rotterdam Design College.
Slain US student texted friend about roommate’s threat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An American psychology student who was fatally stabbed in her Netherlands apartment had texted a friend in the U.S. six days before her death, saying her roommate threatened to kill three people.
Sarah Papenheim, 21, told her friend she was going to have to go to police. The friend, who shared the text messages with The Associated Press on Friday, isn't sure if she ever did.
The Latest: Slain US student told friend of roommate threat
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on an American student who was stabbed in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam (all times local):
An American psychology student who was fatally stabbed in her apartment in the Netherlands had texted a friend last week, saying her roommate threatened to kill three people.
Dutch win over France demotes Germany in UEFA Nations League
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — When the Netherlands beat Germany 3-0 last month the score flattered the Dutch. Ronald Koeman's resurgent young team beat France 2-0 on Friday and this time the margin of victory flattered the French.
Unilever scraps plan to leave London headquarters
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Anglo-Dutch consumer goods multinational Unilever, whose brands include Knorr and Dove, on Friday scrapped a plan to consolidate its headquarters in the Netherlands following opposition from British shareholders.
The company, which has head offices in both Rotterdam and London, said in a statement that the plan to make Rotterdam its sole headquarters "has not received support from a significant group of shareholders."
Cruise ship moors in Rotterdam with dozens of ill passengers
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dozens of cruise ship passengers who fell ill during their voyage were temporarily held on board Thursday after the liner moored in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.
The sickened passengers were on board the AIDAperla. The ship's German operator Aida Cruises said in a statement that crew increased hygiene measures after "gastro intestinal infections occurred among passengers."
Dalai Lama meets alleged victims of abuse by Buddhist gurus
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Four people who say Tibetan Buddhist teachers abused them physically or psychologically presented the Dalai Lama with written accounts from 12 alleged victims and appealed to him Friday in the Netherlands to address the problem.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police shot and wounded a Syrian man Wednesday who attacked officers trying to arrest him after alarmed neighbors reported that he was standing on an apartment balcony waving an ax and shouting "Allahu akbar."
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The right-wing populist party of anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders has gained footholds for the first time in dozens of municipalities across the Netherlands, but has struggled in some key cities, according to results broadcast Thursday.
Local elections held Wednesday in 335 Dutch municipalities are a barometer of support for national parties but are complicated by the popularity of small parties focused on local issues.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods multinational whose vast stable of brands includes Dove, Knorr and Ben & Jerry's, has opted to have its sole headquarters in the Netherlands rather than Britain, ending a dual structure that goes back nearly 90 years.
The company said Thursday that the decision to pick Rotterdam over London is part of a raft of structural changes that will turn it into "a simpler, more agile and more focused business."
A look at company HQs, jobs leaving UK since Brexit vote
LONDON (AP) — Consumer goods maker Unilever's decision to consolidate its dual headquarters in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, and not in London, comes at a sensitive time for the British capital.
Federer overpowers Dimitrov to win 97th career title
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings. He achieved that goal Friday. On Sunday, he put an exclamation point on a remarkable week by winning the tournament for good measure.
Federer overpowered an ailing Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to win his 97th career title.
Federer sets up Rotterdam final against Dimitrov
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A day after ensuring his return to the top of the tennis rankings, Roger Federer sealed a place in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tournament by beating Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Saturday.
In Sunday's final, the 36-year-old Federer will win his 97th career title if he beats Grigor Dimitrov, dubbed "Baby Fed" early in his career for his style similarities with the Swiss great.
Worth the wait: Federer will be world No. 1 at 36
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Roger Federer added another highlight to his age-defying career resurgence by returning to the top of the world rankings on Friday after more than five years and becoming the oldest No. 1 at 36.
"What an amazing run it's been and a journey it's been for me ... to clinch world No. 1," said Federer, who won three of the last five Grand Slams to put him on track to the top.
Federer on brink of surpassing Agassi record
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Roger Federer is within touching distance of becoming the oldest male to reach the top of the world rankings after marching into the quarterfinals of the ABN AMRO tournament.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion went through after making it 13 wins in as many matches against Philipp Kohlschreiber with a 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 triumph against his German opponent on Thursday.
Longest-serving Dutch premier, Ruud Lubbers, dies at 78
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ruud Lubbers, who as the Netherlands' longest serving prime minister led his country through economic turmoil to prosperity and helped shape the foundations of the European Union, died Wednesday. He was 78.
The Dutch government announced that Lubbers died in Rotterdam surrounded by his wife and children. No cause of death was given.
Wawrinka loses to Dutchman Griekspoor in Rotterdam
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Stan Wawrinka hit 41 unforced errors Tuesday as he crashed out of the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, losing 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to 259th-ranked Tallon Griekspoor.
It was the first win in an ATP tournament for the 21-year-old Dutchman, who dominated the second and third sets against a lackluster Wawrinka.
"Unbelievable, I have no words for it, beating such a great champion," Griekspoor said.
Robin van Persie returns to struggling Feyenoord
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Robin van Persie is returning to struggling Dutch league champion Feyenoord, 14 years after leaving the Rotterdam club for a successful career overseas.
The 34-year-old Van Persie arrived on a free transfer from Turkish club Fenerbahce, signing an 18-month contract with the club where he played for the youth team and started his professional career.
Young Dutch woman convicted of supporting terrorism
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch woman who traveled to Syria and Iraq to support her family while her husband fought with the Islamic State group was convicted Monday of supporting terrorist acts and sentenced to two years' imprisonment.
Officials investigate gun store fire
ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — Fire officials in New York are investigating a fire that damaged an upstate gun shop.
Authorities responded to the Rotterdam blaze around 11 p.m. Saturday. Officials say the blaze started on the second or third floor of the Taylor & Vadney gun store.
Crews contained the fire in about 45 minutes. No injuries were reported.
Kevin Spacey is dropped from Dutch event over abuse claims
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch business forum has canceled a headline appearance by actor Kevin Spacey over allegations of sexual abuse.
BusinessBoost Live said in a statement Friday that "it is not desirable" to let Spacey speak at their conference Nov. 29 in Rotterdam. The networking forum, aimed at CEOs and entrepreneurs, said it terminated cooperation with the actor in consultation with Spacey's management.
Dutch court convicts suspect of plotting terror attack
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has sentenced a 31-year-old man to four years' imprisonment for plotting a terror attack after police found an automatic rifle, bomb-making instructions, ammunition and fireworks at his home.
According to a statement issued Thursday by Rotterdam District Court, the man was making preparations for an attack, but had not settled on a specific target at the time of his arrest late last year.
Mola, Duffy win successive world triathlon championships
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Mario Mola of Spain and Flora Duffy of Bermuda won their second straight triathlon world championships when they reached the podium in the world series grand final on Saturday.
Mola was third in the men's race, and Duffy won the women's, her sixth win out of nine races in the series this year.
Dutch judge extends detention of suspect in concert threat
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch judge on Wednesday extended by two weeks the detention of a suspect arrested last week for alleged involvement in a threat that forced the cancellation of a concert in Rotterdam by an American rock group.
Prosecutors said in a statement that the man is suspected of "involvement in terrorist crimes." They said investigations are continuing.
Judge extends detention of suspect in Dutch concert threat
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A man suspected of involvement in a threat that triggered the cancellation of a concert by American rock band Allah-Las will remain in custody until next week, after an investigating judge ruled on Friday that his arrest was lawful.
The Latest: Band hopes to reschedule Rotterdam concert
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the threat in the Dutch city Rotterdam (all times local):
The band Allah-Las says it hopes to reschedule its performance in Rotterdam, Netherlands after the original concert was cancelled due to a terror threat.
The Los Angeles-based band released a statement Thursday saying it is looking for a new date and that organizers will ensure all ticket buyers receive a refund.
Dutch police detain suspect in concert terror threat
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Alerted by a detailed tip from Spanish colleagues, Dutch police arrested a man Thursday and questioned him on suspicion of preparing an attack on a concert in Rotterdam by an American rock band.
But the Dutch justice minister suggested later in the day that the suspect may only have sent a threatening message.
Dutch police detain driver of Spanish van near cancelled gig
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam detained the driver of a van with Spanish license plates and a number of gas tanks inside after a concert by an American rock band was cancelled Wednesday night following a threat, the city's mayor said.
A Spanish counterterrorism official said the van is not connected to the attacks that killed 15 people in Spain last week.
The Latest: Stopped van thought unrelated to Spain attacks
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the cancellation of a concert by American rock band Allah-Las in the Netherlands (all times local):
A Spanish counterterrorism official says a van with a Spain license plate that was detained in the Rotterdam is not connected to the attacks that killed 15 people in Spain last week.
Rotterdam’s mayor says a Spanish van containing gas bottles has been stopped near venue of cancelled Allah-Las concert.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Rotterdam's mayor says a Spanish van containing gas bottles has been stopped near venue of cancelled Allah-Las concert.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell says a refinery in Rotterdam that it largely shut down over the weekend following a fire at an electricity station will remain closed until at least mid-August.
The energy multinational said in a statement Tuesday that it expects to restart operations at the Pernis refinery "at the earliest in the second half of August."
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is shutting down most units at its refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands after a fire at a high-voltage electricity switch station.
Shell spokesman Thijs van Velzen says the fire started late Saturday and was extinguished by Sunday morning. Nobody was injured.
The Pernis refinery in Rotterdam's sprawling port is Europe's largest. It has the capacity to refine just over 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
Netherlands thrashes Ivory Coast 5-0 in friendly
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands thrashed Ivory Coast 5-0 in a friendly Sunday as midfielder Wesley Sneijder made his record-equaling 130th appearance for the Dutch national team.
Defender Joel Veltman scored his first two goals for the national team and in between those strikes captain Arjan Robben converted a penalty as the Netherlands took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dirk Kuyt, the veteran Feyenoord captain who led his team to its first Dutch league title in 18 years, is retiring.
The 36-year-old Kuyt, who returned to Rotterdam two years ago saying he wanted to win the league, told coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst of his decision early Wednesday.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Veteran captain Dirk Kuyt scored a hat trick Sunday as Feyenoord beat Heracles Almelo 3-1 to win its 15th Dutch Eredivisie title and the first in 18 long years for its fervent fans.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Feyenoord squandered a chance to win its first Dutch league title in 18 years Sunday when it slumped to a 3-0 defeat at fellow Rotterdam club Excelsior, sparking clashes between disappointed fans and riot police in the city center.
With second-placed Ajax beating Go Ahead Eagles 4-0, Feyenoord's lead at the top of the Eredivisie shrank to just a single point with one match to play.
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Turkeys' diplomatic feud with Germany and the Netherlands (all times local):
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out anew against the Netherlands and European nations, repeating an assertion that the Dutch were responsible for the slaughter of Bosnians in Srebrenica in 1995 and saying the EU was "drowning" in its fear of Muslims and refugees.
Dutch election rivals clash in televised debate
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his main rival at national elections, the far-fight populist Geert Wilders clashed Monday in their only nationally televised face-to-face debate ahead of Wednesday's vote, with Wilders calling Rutte untrustworthy and Rutte responding by saying a Wilders government would plunge the Netherlands into chaos.
Dutch premier wants to turn tide of populism in election
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister said Monday that he wants the Netherlands to turn the tide of populism in this week's parliamentary election.
"Remember the Brexit. We all thought that would never happen. Remember the U.S. elections," Mark Rutte told reporters in Rotterdam. "So let's not make that mistake again. These elections are crucial. Let us stop the domino effect right this week, this Wednesday. The domino effect of the wrong sort of populism winning in this world."
The Latest: French candidate Macron condemns Turkey
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the diplomatic tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands (all times local):
French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron "strongly condemns" what he calls provocations from the Turkish government.
Macron has called on France to support its European partners and "reject the Turkish government's abuses." He says that "the European Union must have a united response."